City seeks changes to Ga. 400 express lane plans

A new express-lane interchange at Encore Parkway and a dedicated transit flyover just south of Old Milton Parkway are among the changes requested by Alpharetta to the state’s plans for managed express lanes on Ga. 400.

With roughly 41% of the project in Alpharetta, the location of access and merging lanes “will set the course for transportation on our local roads, impact land use within our community, and do much to determine the future quality of life for the residents of Alpharetta for generations,” Mayor Jim Gilvin said in a letter to the Georgia Department of Transportation. Information:

Rather than create an access ramp to the express lanes just north of Webb Bridge Road – opposed by many residents due to possible increased traffic on local streets – the city proposed a direct access interchange at Encore Parkway. Also, a bus rapid transit flyover south of Old Milton would offer better connectivity to the Ga. 120 corridor and key destinations like Avalon and the Gwinnett Tech Campus, the city said.

Additionally, Alpharetta proposed moving a merger to and from the express lanes from near Haynes Bridge Road to just south of Windward Parkway; and relocating a proposed BRT stop from the middle of Ga. 400 near Encore to an offline location in the North Point Mall area.

To view the mayor’s letter:


Lake Lanier

Volunteers sought for ‘Shore Sweep’

Forsyth County encourages residents to volunteer for the 31st edition of the Lake Lanier Shore Sweep, the annual lake clean-up involving Keep Forsyth County Beautiful, the city of Cumming and the Lake Lanier Association, among others.

The event is 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14, Forsyth County said. Forsyth volunteers can register by calling KFCB, 770-205-4573, or by visiting and clicking on the calendar page.

The registration deadline is 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 13. On Saturday, Sept. 14, Forsyth volunteers will meet at the Bald Ridge and Port Royale marinas to pick up supplies and T-shirts and receive instructions.



Johns Creek

City seeks volunteers for 3 city panels

The city of Johns Creek has issued a call for volunteers to serve on three development-related city panels: the Planning Commission, Construction Board of Appeals and Board of Zoning Appeals.

According to the city’s Board Application web page, the Planning Commission reviews zoning cases and makes recommendations to the mayor and City Council. Nominations close Friday, Sept. 6.

The Construction Board of Appeals decides requests for variances, code interpretation and appeals of staff decisions. Nominations close Wednesday, Sept. 25.

The Board of Zoning Appeals decides cases requesting variances and/or code interpretations on regulatory ordinances including, but not limited to, zoning and land development regulations; and appeals of staff interpretation and/or decisions. Nominations close Wednesday, Sept. 25.

The City Council reviews applicants and recommends names to the mayor. Panel members are nominated by the mayor and ratified by the council. The process takes 60 to 90 days. Information, and to apply:



Gardening in the Shade. Free. The North Fulton Master Gardeners and the UGA Cooperative Extension in Fulton County are conducting a series of free classes that will explain the different types of shade (partial, full and dry) and how to successfully work with each. Then the various types of trees, shrubs, perennials and groundcovers that should be considered will be discussed.

  • Sandy Springs: 7-8:30 p.m. Sept. 23. Lost Corner Preserve Cottage, 7300 Brandon Mill Road. Register:
  • Roswell: 7-8:30 p.m. Sept. 24. Bill Johnson Community Activity Building, Roswell Area Park, 10495 Woodstock Road. Register: 770-817-6670 or email and provide your name, email address and class name
  • Alpharetta: 7-8:30 p.m. Sept. 25. Alpharetta Public Works Department, 1790 Hembree Road. Terry Porter at 678-297-6213 or Register:

Viking Encampment at Barrington Hall. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 28 and 29. Free. 535 Barrington Drive, Roswell. This family-friendly event will have several demonstrations of Viking ritual combat, crafts, camp life and a Kids Zone for children. The Nordrike Vikingar Viking Living Historians will reenact events and tasks integral to Viking culture. 770-640-3855, email Bill Browning at,

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